As we approach Christmas, it is a perfect time to reflect upon the true nature of the babe of Bethlehem.
Scientism puts forth the erroneous assertion that ultimate truth can only be known through science.
Are you striving to make a name for yourself that gets mentioned every now and then for years to come?
In the Bible, however, the word "holy" is a beautiful term that describes a key aspect of God's nature. In fact, the third Person of the Trinity is called "the Holy Spirit." There is absolutely nothing within the God of the universe that is not perfect in holiness, righteousness, and truth.
Man was created in the image of God. And so by nature, man is a moral being. Unfortunately for man, sin is also part of his existence, and sinful desires lead man to disobey God's commands. At the same time, billions of people who don't know Jesus live according to their favorite moral code.
One of the amazing things about God's grace is that it can even reach those who are running hard in the opposite direction. Such was the case with the man who ended up writing much of the New Testament, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus.
Most people who experience guilt over their sins seek some form of spiritual relief. It is only natural to want some assurance that our Creator will not hold our sins against us, right?
Many people engage in life-saving rescue efforts, whether it involves saving things, saving animals, or saving people. While some folks strive to save the whales, others work hard to save unborn babies; still others are busy trying to save the planet.
The brutal crucifixion of Christ lasted for six grueling hours, and the intense pain Jesus endured is beyond our comprehension. So why did the Father allow His Son to be killed by crucifixion, rather than the way John the Baptist was executed?
Many people assume that "faith" is incapable of bringing about "certainty." After all, faith is believing in something you don't necessarily see, right?
It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. And with that simple act on October 31, 1517, the Protestant Reformation was off and running.
All of us are capable of feeling overwhelmed by our circumstances and moods. We tend to get caught up in the moment and carried away by intense emotions, unless of course we experience power that is greater than those stressful issues that are weighing upon our heart and mind.
If you hope to gain an understanding of Jesus Christ and the purpose of the Savior's life, death, and resurrection, it will be necessary to approach the Lord in a spirit of humility.
Jerry Spinelli said, "Peer pressure is just that: pressure." And the age when most people feel the greatest pressure to "fit in" is during the middle school years. No wonder Jeff Kinney said, "I've never run into a person who yearns for their middle school days."
If your soul has been saved through faith in Christ, then it is incumbent upon you to "work out your salvation" by living everyday for the Lord. A person can only work out his salvation if he has actually received this free gift from God.
Some Christian parents have their babies baptized, while others have them dedicated. Some parents have their preteen children baptized upon their profession of faith in Christ, while other parents encourage their children to hold off on baptism until later in their teen years.
It is impossible to be a Christian without the Holy Spirit. So is God's Spirit in everyone?
How does Scripture address the vital connection between faith and works, and how can we help a person come to see the biblical relationship between the two, regardless of one's church affiliation?
The sinful nature stirs up pride, prejudice, anger, and hatred, whereas the Holy Spirit produces compassion, love, joy, and peace in the hearts of Christ followers. And anyone who hates others is certainly not a Christ follower.
In every family there are times when parents need to "lay down the law" as they deal with a child's act of defiance. At other times, parents bring comfort and assurance to a child who is repentant. It shouldn't surprise us to see in Scripture that God does a similar thing.
One word that is often used today when describing millennials is "authenticity." As Colby Jubenville put it, "To millennials, you don't have to be amazing. But you do have to be authentic."
What if you owned a diamond worth millions of dollars, but you thought it was just a worthless piece of glass? Would you do anything to protect it from being lost or stolen if you were unaware of its true value?
The question of human suffering has led many people to doubt God's love, especially when that suffering becomes personal. When you are the one in the middle of the storm and the pain, you find yourself being driven to the edge. Either your faith deepens to new levels, or you consider blaming God for allowing this pain into your life.
When Tammy and I got married over 26 years ago, we looked forward to raising children who love Jesus. By the grace of God, we have witnessed the work of the Holy Spirit leading our two daughters and two sons to love, trust, and follow Jesus
Hollywood has been known to make movies about aliens. Pretty far out stuff. But what if it really happened, not with a make-believe alien, but with a real angel?